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Manchester's A Certain Ratio embraced the ethic and culture of the late-70s post-punk explosion, but sounded like nothing else around them and refused to fit in. Formed in 1978, the band had various members throughout their career, and a core line-up of Jeremy Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson. A Certain Ratio's myriad influences created their uniquely eclectic sound, one that the band once described as "James Brown on acid." Some of these influences include Brian Eno, James Brown, Miles Davies, Tower of Power, Airto Moreira, The Velvet Underground, Kraftwerk and Wire, to name a few.
Mute continue their A Certain Ratio partnership with a colored 45RPM 2LP reissue of their 1992 album Up In Downsville. If 1989's Good Together saw the band translating the acid house ethos through conventional song, Up In Downsville was a sweat drenched return to the heart of the dance floor. It shuffles through melodic house, slick acid jazz and brooding electro-funk, pulling together the disparate strands of Manchester's clubland into one infectious whole. The groove is king throughout but never hits harder than on closer "Up In Downsville Pt. 2," a flute led masterpiece of Mancunian funk which forms a wonderful contrast to enduring Balearic classic "Salvador's Fish," the album's finest moment.